Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, in an interview with CNN's Jim Sciutto on "The Situation Room", said he remains confident in the intelligence community assessment accusing Russian Federation of attempting to bolster Trump's candidacy - and that he knew of no evidence pointing anywhere else. "But there wasn't any evidence of that", Clapper said.
Clapper said it was possible others might have meddled, but contended that there "wasn't any evidence" to support that claim.
He added, "I think it could very well have been Russian Federation but I think it well could have been other countries and I won't be specific".
When asked if he could definitively say Russian Federation interfered in the US election, Trump responded that "I think it was Russian Federation and I think it could have been other people in other countries".
Clapper called the Iraq assessment a "big mistake" and said things had changed since then in the intelligence community to prevent something like that from happening. "That was 15 years ago".
President Trump spent much of his first news conference in Poland assailing the media and his predecessor, amid some criticism of Russia's actions overseas.
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Clapper said he was not sure where the 17 reference in media reports had come from and explained the three agencies - CIA, FBI and NSA - as well as his office handled the matter alone because they were the ones that could contribute relevant intellgience and the sources involved were highly sensitive.
In early January, the DNI issued a declassified version of the intelligence community assessment.
Trump is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin later today on the sidelines of the 12 annual G-20 summit.
Even though Mr Trump's aides have been unable to offer many details about what the two leaders may talk about, the Kremlin has said that Mr Putin will press Mr Trump to lift sanctions imposed on Russia for its annexation of Crimea, and to relinquish Russian diplomatic compounds on Long Island and in Maryland that the U.S. seized previous year.
"As long as we don't push back with the Russians and take the necessary measures to foreclose, they're going to continue", Clapper said.
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